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Translating Interest Into Action: Insights From the Retail Impact Investor
September 11, 2018
Interest in impact investing is high, and many impact investors would like to see more product options and increase the amount they invest, a report from Calvert Impact Capital finds. Based on a survey of impact investors — 54 percent of whom were current and former investors in Calvert’s Community Investment Note — the report, Translating...
Native-Serving Nonprofits and Charity Watchdog Agencies
September 5, 2018
Native-serving nonprofits often are not evaluated by charity watchdog organizations such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, GuideStar, and CharityWatch — a lack of presence that perpetuates information gaps between groups serving Native communities and potential donors, a report from the First Nations...
Networks for School Improvement: A Review of the Literature
September 2, 2018
Successful school improvement networks — groups of schools working in partnership with an intermediary organization to boost student outcomes — rest on a strong foundation of relational trust and use accessible and timely evidence from early outcomes to make improvements and strengthen the solutions-testing process, a literature review from...
Equity Conversation Guides for Young Leaders and Partners
August 30, 2018
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Equity Conversation Guides for Young Leaders and Partners provides meeting materials and step-by-step instructions for holding facilitated conversations with young people about dismantling structural racism. The four guides — Understanding the Basics: Core Concepts and Terms, Digging Deep: Historical Context of...
Overdue: Addressing Debt in Black Communities
August 24, 2018
Although African-American households hold lower levels of debt on average ($30,800) than white households ($73,800), more than a quarter of African-American households report struggling with debt payment, compared with 15 percent of white households, a report from Prosperity Now and the MetLife Foundation finds. Based on a literature review and...
Creative Placemaking and Expansion of Opportunity: Observations and Reflections
August 21, 2018
While the concept of creative placemaking — the integration of arts, culture, and community engaged-design in community development and urban planning — is gaining momentum, critical gaps must be addressed if it is to flourish and become an integral part of the field of community development, a white paper from the Kresge Foundation finds....
Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2017
August 12, 2018
As of the end of 2017, 68.5 million people around the globe had been forcibly displaced from their homes, 16.2 million of whom were newly displaced — the equivalent of 44,500 people being displaced eevery day, or a person becoming displaced every two seconds, a report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees finds. The report,...
People, Place and Power: Advancing Racial and Economic Equity
August 9, 2018
Two years after announcing a new racial equity and economic inclusion agenda, the San Francisco Foundation has undergone an organizational culture shift and implemented an integrated strategy to achieve its goals, two reports from SFF emphasize. People, Place and Power: Advancing Racial and Economic Equity (26 pages, PDF) and an accompanying...
Caring Communities: Linking School Culture and Student Development
August 6, 2018
A positive school environment and explicit instruction in social, emotional, and cognitive skills tend to reinforce each other, resulting in better support for children’s learning, a report from the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development finds. Based on a case study of an elementary school in...
Funding the News: Foundations and Nonprofit Media
August 3, 2018
Despite talk of stepped-up foundation funding for nonprofit journalism initiatives, an analysis of 2010-15 grants suggest that support for innovative projects remains well below what is needed, a report from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Northeastern University School of...